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Brewed by La Choulette
Style: Bière de Garde
Hordain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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La Choulette Ambrée is the classic amber version of a French bières de gardes. It has a wonderfully spicy aroma and is fullflavored, but effervescent and refreshing.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle. Beautiful semitranslucent brawn with big bubbly bready head. Smells like a wonderful tawny leathery breadloaf baking in a stone hearth. Oh my. This is a honeyed nectar delight. It’s quite sweet but balanced out by an earthy barley crisp finish. A delight, would buy this to share with anyone. Light and accessible enough that a neophyte could enjoy it but offer some real pleasures to the conniseur as well.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJoer (723) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
White mokka medium head, amber chestnut colour, sweet caramel some fruity, somevstrawberry hints, medium carbonation and bitter some liquorise/caramel taste

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2007
Drank in a stem glass. Poors a dark amber poor with a light brown sticky head. Aromas of a strong creamy scotch ale, sweet caramelised malts, dattes, prunes and a hint of hickory. Flavors are mostly what you smell. Good mouthfeel, sour twist with a nice long sweet bitter aftertaste. Elderberry flowers and star anise are added spices you can taste. This beer was brewed with obviously great yeast!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
For the price, I should’ve liked this beer better than I did. Started off well with a foamy off-white head and a clear dark copper colour, and nicely carbonated to boot. (Another one that looked like a Pepsi!). Aroma was almost absent but for an inkling of malt, but that’s all. Taste was pleasant but all I could detect was maybe some coffee? Odd beer, probably ideal for washing down one’s Freedom Fries.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
corkyrory66 (629) - BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2013
Brassée avec les orges et les houblons les plus … hum, hum … Couleur roux cuivré caramel. Clarté nette (pas de refermentation). Bulles faibles. Mousse beige qui descend très vite. Odeur caramel, pomme de terre, poivre, sel et bois mouillé. Volume doux d’une 1ère bouche banale d’ambrée locale. Arrière-bouche un peu plus étoffée, mais peu. 2ème bouche pas plus relevée, un peu de céréales, un peu d’épices, houblon quasi absent. 3ème bouche très plate, sans distinction. Arrière-bouche avec un goût même un peu désagréable. Longueur au nez très plat, sans envergure. Levure nulle. Alcool inutile (8 %, c’est très bien, mais il ne vient rien soutenir …) Finale inexistante. Bière très largement surcotée sur ratebeer.... Banalité sans nom.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
Nutty brown with a great sweet malt and a touch of vanilla on top of the caramels. A dry finish... Much better than the Blonde.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Copper brown color, medium off white head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, caramel, apple. In comparison to your standard biere de garde, much sweeter, toasted malt, caramel, alcohol is nearly indetectable. Same mineral water base and wine feel as others in the style, but a much less dry finish. A flavorful and fun beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Choos (617) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Musty woody and cork aroma with big whiffs of malt and fruit. Orangy/red with a smallish head. Flavour was all cork, malt, no hops but some sour notes. Maybe this needs to be drunk by itself?

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2007
So I’m getting the feeling that when talking about biere de gardes, "ambree" means the darker, nuttier kind, as opposed to 3 Monts, which is completely different from this (and Jenlain Ambree). So yes, darker brown with a red tinge, semi-sweet aroma, raisin-like. Nutty flavor that definitely did not agree with my stomach. Can’t point to exactly what doesn’t work for me, and at $9/350ml I was forcing myself to finish it; wish I could like this more...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
SperkeleForce (565) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle 75 CL. Amber color with small foamy head. Notes f nuts, sweet and bready malts, some syrup.


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